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ERIC Number: EJ798178
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1542-3077
Using an Academic-Content Seminar to Engage Students with the Culture of Research
Brent, Doug
Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, v18 n1 p29-60 2006
Faculty and administrators at many research-intensive institutions are concerned about effectively introducing students to the research culture that sets research institutions apart from technical and junior colleges. The first-year seminar with academic content might accomplish this objective because it can be focused on students' own research projects. However, relatively few studies address the pedagogical dimensions of such seminars or how students perceive their transition from a high school to a university research environment. A case study of an academic-content seminar focused on research illustrates how such seminars can promote engagement with research culture. Interviews with students illustrate the gulf that they perceive between their high school research experiences and their university research experiences. Three pedagogical features of research-based first-year seminars emerge as important means of bridging this gulf: (a) repeated exposure to research activities; (b) a term-length research project; and (c) frequent, scheduled one-on-one conferences with the instructor.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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